Christopher Deussing, LCSW
Lauren Gonzalez, LMFT
For over 20 years, Christopher has treated individuals & families coping with mood difficulties, psychotic illnesses, trauma, grief / loss, relationship challenges, addiction, & personality disorders. He is proficient in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) & Modern Psychoanalysis. Christopher serves as a clinician on Burning Man's Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). He also functions as a field instructor for Philadelphia University's graduate school of psychology & was a member of Belmont Center's DBT Team from 2010-2013.
Madeline Bush, M.Ed.
Madeline is a Master's level clinician completing her post-graduate licensure hours at the practice. She blends Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Internal Family System in her work. Her approach tailors an effective and empathic individualized treatment to meet each client's needs with opportunities for a dual treatment approach involving individual and group sessions. She has experience treating people suffering from anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders and personality disorders within specific treatment interventions specifically tailored to these populations.
Madeline is passionate about empowering her clients and partnering to find opportunities to prove self-worth and resiliency. She also values the tremendous potential beneath the group platform as it serves each person's needs separately and together.
Looking for new and opposite alternative responses to old patterns and behaviors is one of my favorite aspects of DBT. I believe in motivating shift (whether internally or externally) when certain belief systems make relationships challenging, and make life feel uninspiring and directionless--like a grind. These patterns of thought and behavior are limiting, and I like to help people change them.
I am intensively trained in DBT, having studied with Behavioral Tech (Foundational Training) in Seattle. Previously, I earned my masters in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University, and MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, in New York. Having spent more than two decades in publishing, as both a writer and editor, I have been widely published, and bring the use and narrative and metaphor to the therapy room--therapy is, after all, creative.
I've been practicing mindfulness since my introduction to Zen Buddhism in the early 90s, and yet find the best practice is staying present and aware without spinning into negative thought patterns in traffic, while standing in lines, and going about your daily life.
I view the therapeutic process as collaborative, and my style is direct and engaged. I work primarily with adults, and small numbers of teens, and teach Advanced and Adult DBT skills classes and a teen skills class, as well as expressive writing and trauma writing for healing courses in Philadelphia and my private practice in New Jersey and California (telemedicine).